It was recently announced that work will soon begin on a project to ‘revitalise’ Macclesfield town centre.
The scheme will provide ‘significant enhancements’ to the town and help ‘unlock its true potential.’
With that being said, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at how the town has changed over the years.
We’ve delved into the past to see what has changed and what has stayed the same.
Photos from a bygone era come from Macclesfield Library and Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
Meanwhile, modern images have been taken from Google Street View to provide a fascinating contrast to life in Macclesfield.
Jordangate is one of the most well-known streets in Macclesfield.
The first image dates back to the 1920s and shows a market taking place along the street.
The image from April 2017 paints a much quieter picture.
The building that houses Macclesfield Registration Office is visible in both pictures.
Not much has changed at the iconic 108 steps.
Only the buildings around the steps appear to have altered in the time between each picture.
The steps are believed to date from 1696, when the local newspaper nicknamed the climb ‘The Steps.’
However, no one knows exactly when they were created.
The Cat and Fiddle Inn
The famous Cat and Fiddle Inn hasn’t altered much since it was built in 1813.
The pub holds the title as the ‘second highest public house in England and sits 1,689 feet (515m) above sea level.
Only the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire is situated higher.
Macclesfield Train Station
A lot has changed around Macclesfield Train Station.
The first picture shows a busy scene outside the station and the Horse Market around the turn of the 20th century.
Fast forward to November 2020 and things have changed drastically.
The station has completely altered, along with the rest of the landscape.
The first picture shows J Smale’s silk mill near George Street with no date known.
Fast forward to the image taken from George Street in November 2020 looking down Pickford Street and the whole area looks remarkably different.
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